Obesity plays a role in as many as 12 types of cancer, according to a major analysis of the causes of the disease.
The report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) found that while smoking remains the biggest cause of cancer, it may soon be overtaken by obesity in many countries, including the UK. In an
earlier version of the report, released a decade ago, the WCRF identiﬁed seven
cancers linked to obesity. Now, it says, the evidence points to 12: liver, ovaries,
prostate (advanced), stomach, mouth and throat, bowel, breast (post-
menopause), gall bladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb. The report
says that up to four in ten cancer cases are preventable, and urges non-smokers
to adopt a ten-point health plan, which includes cutting down on bacon and
processed meats, being physically active and reducing alcohol intake.
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